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COMELEC issues guidelines in the filing of candidacy

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
February 8, 2007

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte  –  The Commission on Elections has issued guidelines on the filing of certificates of candidacy and nomination of official candidates of registered political parties in connection with the May 14, 2007 synchronized national and local elections.

No person shall be elected Senator, Member of the House of Representatives, Provincial, City or municipal official unless he files a sworn certificate of candidacy in the form prescribed by the Commission and within the period fixed herein: For Senator, January 15, 2007 to February 12, 2007; and For Local Officials (including Members of the House of Representatives) – January 15, 2007 to March 29, 2007.

For candidates for Senator, their certificates of candidacy must be filed at the Law Department of the COMELEC. The candidates as House Representatives, other than those at NCR, and provincial officials, may file their certificates of candidacy at the Provincial election supervisor. Candidates at the municipal level may file their certificates of candidacy with the municipal election officers.

The same COMELEC Guidelines, promulgated on January 5, 2007 also provided for the contents of the certificate of candidacy, and where to submit the certificates of candidacy.

The effects of filing of candidacy to any person holding a public appointive office or position including active members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other officers and employees in government-owned or controlled corporations, shall be considered ipso facto resigned from his office upon the filing of his certificate of candidacy.

Any elective official, whether national or local, running for any office shall not be considered resigned upon the filing of his certificate of candidacy.

Any candidate, political party, accredited citizens’ arm may appoint a watcher in connection with the filing and reception of the certificates of candidacy. The watcher shall be allowed to stay within the premises of the authorized receiving office and to take note of the proceedings but without interrupting or disturbing official business. Any watcher may report in writing to the Commission any irregularity, which may require appropriate action.

Watchers shall be entitled, upon written request, to secure from the receiving officer a copy of the full list of those who filed their certificates of candidacy and their respective positions.